Since Sunday was World baking day, I was planning to spend the whole day in the kitchen. It was however a beautiful day in Cape Town so we just had to go for a walk on the beach early in the morning!
Once home I started playing in the kitchen and had a delightful time, but I have never had so many disasters in the kitchen before! First I made potato baskets for brunch and the baskets did not work out, so eventually I just put the filling on top of flat potato cakes!
Secondly I decided to bake Brownies with an orange meringue (number 95) of the challenge. The baking tin that I used was larger than the one that I was supposed to use, so my brownie cake came out flat and I could not divide it into two halves, so I put the orange curd on top followed by the meringue. I was supposed to brown the meringue with my blow torch, but once I wanted to do this, I discovered that my blowtorch was out of gas! I decided to brown the meringue under the oven grill and I burnt it! Eventually I just baked the cake until the meringue was brown and cooked. It tastes wonderful but looked awful, but I am definitely going to bake this again!
Thirdly (yes, there was a third disaster!) the chicken for the chicken meatballs were very sticky and I battled to form round meatballs. It tasted however delicious, and if you are watching Masterchef Australia, you will see that in the end it is all about taste. So do try these spicy chicken meatballs in a coconut sauce which I served with rice.
A recipe for chicken meatballs baked in a coconut sauce
1kg Chicken mince
1 large onion, chopped very finely
3 garlic cloves, minced
10ml grated fresh ginger
4 slices of bread, crumbed
15ml Cayenne powder
15ml paprika powder
30ml fresh chopped thyme
30ml fresh chopped oreganum
30ml fresh basil (10ml dried basil)
Salt and freshly grounded black pepper to taste
45ml olive oil and 30ml butter
15ml curry powder
10ml cumin powder
5ml coriander powder
500ml chicken stock
1 x tin coconut milk
Fresh coriander leaves
Pre-heat the oven to 180⁰C and butter an ovenproof dish.
Mix the mince, onion, garlic, ginger, breadcrumbs, egg, cayenne powder, paprika, turmeric, thyme, oreganum and basil together. Season with salt and black pepper and roll the mixture into medium sized meatballs.
Heat the olive oil and 30ml butter in a saucepan and fry the meatballs on all sides until brown. Transfer to the buttered ovenproof dish.
Heat the 60ml butter until melted in a saucepan. Add the cake flour, curry powder, cumin powder and coriander powder and cook for 2 minutes.
Add the chicken stock and stir all the time. Bring to the boil, reduce heat and simmer for approximately 5 minutes or until the sauce thickens. Add the coconut milk and pour over the meat balls.
Bake in the pre-heated oven for 35 minutes or until the meatballs are cooked through.
Although I love living in Cape Town, I do not like the grey winter days! One advantage of these days is that I have an excuse to do or buy something to brighten my day. To brighten the grey days I mostly buy a colourful bundle of flowers. Every now and then I try and cook something colourful.
I made this Chicken with oranges and red onions on a very grey day. It was beautiful, but unfortunately it was too late to take pictures of the dish, so I had to do it the next day with a few pieces that was left.
Do try this dish to bring a bit of colour to a grey day!
We are having the most amazing autumn in Cape Town. The days are quite hot, but evenings are cold. This means we can still go for long walks on the beach, before sunset. Once the sun has set, we can eat really heart warming winter food.
My family loves tacos and Mexican food, so I have decided to make this soup and serve it with taco shells. You can feed a large crowd with this soup and even more if you add some guacamole!
The soup is quick and easy to prepare and budget friendly. The tacos are quite expensive to buy, so I will soon share a recipe for homemade tacos with you!
I cannot believe that it is the middle of May, already! I took photos and wrote this blog post at the end of April and I was going to post this on the 1st of May, but then life happened, and I did not have time to do it!! Well, better late than never!
I enjoy seeing what other bloggers have in their kitchens! So come-on and show me what you have in your kitchen, this month! If you do, please mention Celia of the blog Fig jam and Lime cordial and leave a message on her blog.